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Inland Empire Seeking $1 Million From Walmart To Feed Area Poor

Walmart ranks the IE as one of the nation's 200 most jobless communities. The giant retailer is now looking to help impoverished areas by giving away millions.

As part of Walmart’s “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative, the company is providing an opportunity for Southern California residents to vote online for their community to receive up to $1 million in grants for local hunger-fighting non-profits in a nationwide Facebook campaign. 

Now through April 30, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are encouraging people around the nation to cast their vote on http://apps.facebook.com/walmartfighthunger/, choosing from a list of 200 communities where unemployment rates are the highest, according to the Department of Labor. The community with the most online support will receive $1 million in grants and the next 20 communities with the greatest support will receive $50,000 each to help fight hunger. 

According to news release from Mercury LLC, a public relations firm that is helping promote the Fighting Hunger campaign, as of April 13 at 9 a.m., the Inland Empire is breaking the Top 10 with the ninth greatest number of votes.

To vote for the Inland Empire, go to http://apps.facebook.com/walmartfighthunger/profile/161

Once the winning community and the 20 runner-up communities have been selected, the Walmart Foundation will determine, based on its funding criteria, which hunger-fighting organizations in those communities will receive grants and the grant amount.

To learn more, visit www.walmartstores.com/fightinghunger.  

Salvador Gonzalez April 13, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Wow as a resident of the area (born & raised) this is an amazing project Walmart is spearheading. It has been tough getting by, in terms if employment and the greater ecomomy, so it's comforting to know that the region has been recognized (on a national level) and that projects are being put back into action! High 5 to Wallmart & The US Dept of Labor! Sal-gon - http://www.socalcrimewave.com
Diana April 14, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Yes feed those that are in need but please eliminate the takers that walk among us that always have there hand out. There are many that have fallen on hard times and need a hand, that is a hand up not a hand out!!!!!!!!!!!!
Popeye April 14, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Please eliminate the needy Tea Baggers...
Roberto April 14, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Popeye 8:22 pm on Friday, April 13, 2012 Please eliminate the needy Tea Baggers.. by dangling tea bags on poopeyes chin.

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